Welcome to English Linguistics in the Department of English at Saarland University

The central areas of teaching and research at the Section of English Linguistics are concerned with the correspondences between form and meaning available in natural language. Key questions and issues in our investigations are: How can the systematic nature of English sentences be explained within the cognitive system of human language? In which areas can we identify telling differences and similarities, respectively, compared to earlier stages of the language, to currently spoken varieties of English, and to other languages? What are the subtle regularities of grammatical structures; what are the consequences for our understanding of the still largely underappreciated linguistic system in general? 


News and Events



Dr. Martin Fuchs will give a guest lecture on 'Integrating parallel corpora and experimental research in crosslinguistic tense-aspect semantics: a multi-pronged approach to the Perfect' to take place on Wed, July 6th at 12:15 (building A2.2, room 120.2).

Prof. Edgar Onea (University of Graz) gave a guest lecture on 'On embedded questions: semantics and pragmatics'  on Thu, May 5 (MS Teams).

Students presented their empirical work on the Structure and Meaning of English Varieties at this term's Poster Day on Feb. 10, 2022 (virtually).

2022 started with three exciting guest talks (all in virtual mode): Prof. Gareth Roberts, UPenn (Jan. 27, 16h): Synonymy and semantic change in laboratory languages; Dr. Kurt Erbach, Düsseldorf (Feb. 2, 12h): Semantic change in the history of the English countability system. Dr. Nicola Swinburne, Oxford (Feb. 3, 10h): The grammaticalization of do-support in the northern Italian Camuno dialect.

Remus Gergel, Mohammad Bablli and Maike Puhl presented a cross-linguistic work with the title Iteratives driving the wrong way? Limiting unidirectionality from Saarland to Semitic at the FoDS6 conference in Cologne. (Sept. 6-7, 2021).

Our chair has been awarded a DFG-funded project to work on decompositional adverbials („Decomposing decomposition“) which has already started to fund several students. The project began work on July 1, 2021. (Abstract)


Earlier Highlights

Remus Gergel, Ingo Reich and Augustin Speyer organized a workshop on Particles in German, English and beyond on January 21-22, 2019.  Click here for the workshop website.

39th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society in Saarbrücken from March 8th to 10th, 2017.

Our chair organized the second edition of Formal Diachronic Semantics on November 20-21, 2017: http://fods2.uni-saarland.de